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cmh1118 BSN

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cmh1118 has 15 years experience as a BSN and specializes in pediatrics/school nursing.

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  1. cmh1118

    Temps at the door?

    Hi, Are y’all planning to take temps at the door everyday before kids come into school? I have about 400 kids Prek-8th grade. Also what’s your favorite contact-less thermometer? Thank you!
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    Office “fun”

    Hi guys, I’m curious on what you keep stocked in your rooms as far as fun distractions....if anything at all. I am not one to let kids wait around forever if it’s something minor. My BS radar is on point and I know my regulars. Especially with corona I know next year will be busy. I have a few kids who just need that quiet space every now and then to come hang out then go back to class. Noisy lunch rooms or loud projects will set them off. A few kids have sensory issues and sometimes a dark, quiet corner can change their whole day. Our counselor is part time so many days these kids will just come hang out with me for a few minutes (given I’m not too swamped or I no contagious kids) My older kids will bring a book or if they’re going home they’ll do homework while waiting. Sometimes it’s hard to even get temps on some of my smaller ones who are terrified of the nurse’s office. I have cute little things on my desk that usually distract them. That or I hand them a glove or cotton ball to play with. I’m just curious if you use anything to just catch their attention and keep kids “busy”. Books to me are just asking for germs. They love to color and I try to keep paper and crayons and just wipe them down. A friend uses those calm down glitter jars and says the kids are mesmerized. Do you have any “fun” in your office?
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    Medication Storage

    Does anyone have a pic of how they store their meds? I have 403 kids PreK-8. 2 hemophiliacs, 2 epileptics, 22 Epi Pens. Around 10 asthma inhalers. The rest is OTC meds, topical, etc. I work at a private Catholic school and we cannot apply or administer anything at all without MD orders. So it all ends up in my office. Do you store them separately based on their use, or all alphabetically? For the past few years I’ve just used bins and put them individually in ziploc bags. Then each box holds A-G, H-K, etc. I keep all my Epipens and Diastat in an emergency box so I don’t have to sort through bins. The hemo emergency meds are in my fridge. I’m curious how you keep yours organized and easily accessible!! Thanks for any tips.
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    Emergency Meds in 2 locations?

    I was thinking about that....we may be getting the stock epi pens this year. My bigger concern was the epileptics. Thanks for the reply! It reminds me to ask about the stock meds since that's new to us.
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    Emergency Meds in 2 locations?

    Hi everyone, I'm a school nurse for around 500 kids, Pre-K to 8. I have ~30 epi-pens, 3 hemophiliacs, and 2 epileptics. We just added a new 'activity center' to our school, separate from our school building, where art/music/PE will be now. My question is.......do I ask for 2 meds from everyone (so expensive!) or just run sprint them over if they need them? I'd hate to think I was away from my office or whatnot and someone had an issue. If they were in the building, I could easily sprint down to my office for their meds. But now I'd have to run down, grab their meds, then run to the next building. -There will be no food/drinks in the new building and most of my epi's are for food allergies. Luckily I've never had to use one at this school. -My hemophiliac kiddos have medicine but it's really just for EMTs to administer when they arrive. All of those kids' hematologists have strongly stated no one is to administer those meds except their parents, their doctors, or emergency personnel. So I don't know if I'd really need a second set, since I can easily get theirs before an ambulance arrives. -My epileptics are the ones I'm most concerned about since their meds are so specific and time sensitive with the seizures, etc. Their meds are given if seizures last more than 5 minutes, so I'd have to run down, grab their meds, and then sprint to them....while hoping someone is timing it at the scene. What does your school do if you have multiple building locations? It's a good 3-5 minute walk from my nurse office to the other building, sprinting maybe 2 :) Thanks for any input, I'm kind of stressing out and at a loss right now since we've always had one building. I don't want to make the parents pay for a second expensive medication that will (hopefully) never be used........but I know it's not worth the risk when we one day truly need it. I appreciate any feedback!!
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    Best Lanyard?

    Thank you!! I was thinking of getting one of those. Does it sit weird since the hook is not centered on the pouch?
  7. cmh1118

    Best Lanyard?

    Thank you!! I was thinking of getting one of those. Does it sit weird since the hook is not centered on the pouch?
  8. On vision screening reports....what does AD mean? As in "Passed w/AD?" Assisted devices? Such as glasses, contacts? Thanks!!!
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    Missed TRAT2DC deadline

    Help!!! I am really freaking out. I was misinformed about recording TRAT2DC screening results and now it's closed. I missed the deadline. Am I "in trouble" with the state? (Texas) I did screen everyone, just didn't report. Any advice? I'm so frustrated and NERVOUS!! Thanks!!
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    License is Expired

    I understand; she was just curious to hear from someone first-hand. She called numerous times last week and was on hold for over 45 minutes, and has even emailed the board. Just checking here in the meantime.
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    License is Expired

    Thanks, but that's under the section of "INFORMATION FOR NURSES WHOSE LICENSES HAVE BEEN EXPIRED FOR FOUR YEARS ORLONGER" Hers has only been expired for 2 years.
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    License is Expired

    Thank you. Getting anyone on the phone is quite hard. I can attest to that, the Texas BON isn't known for having the best "customer service". But she's tried and will continue to. She was just worried about having to test again. This week she will be calling again, just wanted to ask here as well. Thank you!
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    License is Expired

    I'm asking for my sister. Her LVN license officially expired in 2014. She hasn't worked since 2011. After having twins, she took off a few years, and just honestly forgot to renew her license. Now that they're in kindergarten she wants to return to work. On the delinquent application it asks if you've worked in the past 4 years and for the employer's info. Do they call your past employer? She technically worked a few days but is worried if she says "no" she'll have to retake the NCLEX. She obviously will not lie but is just anxious about testing again. I know there's a section for expiring 4+ years but hers technically has not. She's kept up with CEU's. Any advice? Has anyone gotten their license updated after years of not working WITHOUT having to retake the NCLEX? Thanks!

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